becoming an american african, or what peace corps didn’t tell me about re-integration

Peace Corps admin tries very hard to prepare their volunteers for re-entry. When the end of our service nears, they even pay for us to spend two days at a nice hotel plying us with resources to help us with re-integration. These resources are supposed to help us wrap up our service into nice little boxes and one again become functional cogs in American society. After all, it would be bad PR if returned volunteers were constantly breaking down in the cereal isles of their local grocery store or shouting foreign profanities at city bus drivers. Re-integration is hard. And… read this post

staging

Washington DC, Staging, Peace Corps, Senegal

Before leaving for our assigned countries all Peace Corps Trainers must first report to a U.S. city for “staging”.  Staging is essentially an orientation session.  The two days are filled with a couple of icebreakers, immunizations, and sessions on Peace Corps policies. The current staging numbers: Number of airports – 5 Number of delayed flights – 2 Number of vaccinations – Only 1 so far! PCTs (Peace Corps Trainees)  in my Stage – 50 Hours of sleep – 10 in 3 days Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are mine alone and do not represent the positions or views of… read this post

life is calling…

Tears stream down my face as the speed of the airplane taking off pushes me back into my seat.  I get one final glimpse of the beautiful Columbia River.  Inhale. Exhale. As the lush, evergreen landscape below transforms into dry brown Midwestern fields—my sadness slowly becomes excitement.  Inhale. Exhale.  This is it.  The beginning of the rest… It’s tough to pinpoint when exactly my Peace Corps journey began.  It had always been an option, but I never seriously entertained the idea of applying.  I never thought I was brave enough, adventurous enough, or committed enough to be a Peace Corps… read this post